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After 18 years of making do in rental accommodation, work is about to start on our new and carefully designed permanent home. It’s all due to your support. Read on to find out when we move, where we’ll be and what the building will look like. Continue reading “Update On The New Walkerville Vet Building”
I’m deeply concerned by a fast-growing trend in puppy diets. In fact, I’d go so far as to say that puppy owners are being badly let down. It makes me angry and it should make them angry too.
New puppies at our Adelaide clinic are being set up to fail in numbers that I haven’t seen since the 1990’s. The consequences can be the permanent leg deformities you see in the picture. Continue reading “Help! My Puppy Won’t Eat Dry Food”
As a vet with a public profile, I cop a lot of abuse. Especially if I talk about pet foods. Take this, for example:
Dear Dr Andrew Spanner,
Your advice on feeding cats is serious flawed and WRONG! Continue reading “Should Cats Be Fed Wild Foods?”
This isn’t going to be fair. It’s not a comparison of all the heartworm and flea medicines for dogs. You can find that by following the link (it even includes a handy chart).
Instead, when faced with such a large choice most people ask me what I think is best for their dog. That’s what this is. Continue reading “What is the Best Heartworm Treatment for Dogs?”
Yesterday: a dog who panics whenever someone touches her feet. The day before: a dog with anxiety about her ears being touched. These dogs are everywhere; what happened to them?
The answer is something I’ve held back a long time from writing about. It contains criticism of my own profession as well as others. God knows, I’m no saint, and like most vets, I’ve made all these mistakes too. But we’re going to keep making them, so you need to know how to stop them. Continue reading “Preventing Stress, Fear & Scares At The Vet”
Inbreeding makes me fear for the future of many dog breeds. I only hope that by understanding it, we can fight it.
The first place to go for answers is zoos. Continue reading “Inbreeding In Show Dogs”
Submissions are open for the Senate pet food inquiry. We need the voices of ordinary consumers and average Australian pet owners. If you’re like me, your submission will simply be to ask that pet foods are regulated in the same way as human foods. Surely not much to ask!
Speak up for Australian pet food safety. To see why this is vitally important, visit our pages on Pet Product Safety Problems and The Advance Dermocare Disaster.
Please do it tonight! Submissions close 20 July 2018. If our government doesn’t get our message loud and clear, another chance may not come for a long time. Even worse, without us, they may take the message from somewhere else… Continue reading “Pet Food Safety Inquiry”
If you have an itchy dog, it doesn’t take long before someone tells you it’s due to the food. Usually that someone also offers an alternative.
It’s not a case of people trying to pull a fast one; they just believe in what they use. Who doesn’t? If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.
The trouble is, though, most owners of dogs with skin problems aren’t getting the advice they need. Or they’re getting it far too late. Continue reading “5 Myths About Food Allergy In Dogs”
Elsewhere on this site we’ve published the evidence for which foods dogs and cats are allergic to. Now we’ll show you how to figure it out for your own pet. This even works for a mouse!
You might also like: The myths about food allergy in dogs.
Diagnosis of Food Allergies
The bad news is that there is no simple test. Popular IgG and IgE test kits sold online are not reliable.
The good news is that you can do it at home. It’s called an elimination diet. You have two choices:
- Buy one off-the-shelf
- Make it yourself (this is preferred if possible, see below)
Continue reading “Pet Food Allergy Testing | Elimination Diets”
Emergency Care’ (details below)
When A Cat Tries To Pee But Nothing Happens
- Many male cats trying to pee have urinary obstructions
- Seek emergency vet help ASAP if your cat cannot pass urine
- Untreated blockages causes extreme suffering and rapid death
Now dive deeper… Continue reading “Help! My Cat Keeps Trying To Pee”